• Soil organic matter, nutrient and organic pollutant cycling, degradation and stabilization (linkage between soil structure and soil processes)
  • Microbial SOC and nutrient (N, P) transformations
  • Soil organic matter dynamics in permafrost affected soils, forest ecosystems and grasslands
  • Plant-microorganisms-soil interactions in the rhizo- and detritus sphere
  • Characterization of plant input and microbial community structure by molecular marker analyses
  • Spatial heterogeneity and variability of soil systems from the molecular to the landscape scale
 Scientific & Professional Career
 since 2015 Professor for Soil Science (Tenure Track), Geographical Institute, University Bern
 since 2014 Senior Researcher, Department of Agricultural Soil Science, Georg-August-University Göttingen 
 2011-2015 Juniorprofessor (W1), Work Group Soil Ecology, University of Koblenz-Landau
 2011 Senior Researcher, Institute for Environmental Science, University of Koblenz-Landau
 2009-2010 Post-Doctoral Position, Department of Soil Science, Technical University Munich
 2009 PhD (Dr.rer.nat., summa cum laude), Department of Soil Science, Technical University of Munich
 2005-2009 PhD student, Department of Soil Science, Technical University of Munich
 2002-2005 Postgraduate course for the teaching degree for secondary schools
(Subjects: Chemistry, Geography), Catholic University of Eichstätt
 2002 Diploma Geography, Catholic University of Eichstätt
  • Award of the Johannes B. Ortner-Foundation (outstanding PhD-Thesis in 2009)
  • Award of the TUM-Foundation (award for outstanding PhD-Thesis at the TU-München in 2009)


Bol, Roland; Julich, Dorit; Brödlin, Dominik; Siemens, Jan; Kaiser, Klaus; Dippold, Michaela A.; Spielvogel, Sandra; Zilla, Thomas; Mewes, Daniela; von Blanckenburg, Friedhelm; Puhlmann, Heike; Holzmann, Stefan; Weiler, Markus; Amelung, Wulf; Lang, Friederike; Kuzyakov, Yakov; Feger, Karl-Heinz; Gottselig, Nina; Klumpp, Erwin; Missong, Anna; Winkelmann, Carola; Uhlig, David; Sohrt, Jakob; von Wilpert, Klaus; Wu, Bei; Hagedorn, Frank (2016). Dissolved and colloidal phosphorus fluxes in forest ecosystems—an almost blind spot in ecosystem research. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 000(0), pp. 000-000. 10.1002/jpln.201600079

Brunn, Melanie; Condron, Leo; Wells, Andrew; Spielvogel, Sandra; Oelmann, Yvonne (2016). Vertical distribution of carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios in topsoils across a temperate rainforest dune chronosequence in New Zealand. Biogeochemistry. 10.1007/s10533-016-0218-4

Karlsson, Anneli S.; Weihermüller, Lutz; Tappe, Wolfgang; Mukherjee, Santanu; Spielvogel, Sandra (2016). Field scale boscalid residues and dissipation half-life estimation in asandy soil. Chemosphere 145, 163-173. 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.11.026

Spielvogel, Sandra; Prietzel, Jörg; Kögel-Kabner, Ingrid (2016). Stand scale variability of topsoil organic matter composition in a high-elevation Norway spruce forest ecosystem. Geoderma 267, 112-122. 10.1016/j.geoderma.2015.12.001


Gildemeister, Daniela; Metreveli, George; Spielvogel, Sandra; Hens, Sabina; Lang, Friederike; Schaumann, Gabriele E. (2015). Stabilisation of precipitates of pedogenic dissolved organic matter by multivalent cations. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 15(1), pp. 1-12. Springer. 10.1007/s11368-014-0946-9


Babel, W.; Biermann, T.; Coners, H.; Falge, E.; Seeber, E.; Ingrisch, J.; Schleuß, P.-M.; Gerken, T.; Leonbacher, J.; Leipold, T.; Willinghöfer, S.; Schützenmeister, K.; Shibistova, O.; Becker, L.; Hafner, S.; Spielvogel, Sandra; Li, X.; Xu, X.; Sun, Y.; Zhang, L.; ... (2014). Pasture degradation modifies the water and carbon cycles of the Tibetan highlands. Biogeosciences, 11(23), pp. 6633-6656. European Geosciences Union. 10.5194/bg-11-6633-2014

Brunn, Melanie; Spielvogel, Sandra; Sauer, Tilmann; Oelmann, Yvonne (2014). Temperature and precipitation effects on δ13C depth profiles in SOM under temperate beech forests. Geoderma, 235-236, pp. 146-153. Elsevier Science. 10.1016/j.geoderma.2014.07.007

Spielvogel, Sandra; Prietzel, Jörg; Leide, Jana; Riedel, Michael; Zemke, Julian; Kögel-Knabner, Ingrid (2014). Distribution of cutin and suberin biomarkers under forest trees with different root systems. Plant and Soil, 381(1-2), pp. 95-110. Springer. 10.1007/s11104-014-2103-z


Kreyling, Olivia; Kölbl, Angelika; Spielvogel, Sandra; Rennert, Thilo; Kaiser, Klaus; Kögel-Knabner, Ingrid (2013). Density fractionation of organic matter in dolomite-derived soils. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 176(4), pp. 509-519. Wiley-VCH. 10.1002/jpln.201200276

Prietzel, Jörg; Dechamps, Nicolas; Spielvogel, Sandra (2013). Analysis of non-cellulosic polysaccharides helps to reveal the history of thick organic surface layers on calcareous Alpine soils. Plant and Soil, 365(1-2), pp. 93-114. Springer. 10.1007/s11104-012-1340-2

Schaumann, Gabriele E.; Gildemeister, Daniela; Kunhi Mouvenchery, Yamuna; Spielvogel, Sandra; Diehl, Dörte (2013). Interactions between cations and water molecule bridges in soil organic matter. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 13(9), pp. 1579-1588. Springer. 10.1007/s11368-013-0746-7


Eder, Elisabeth; Spielvogel, Sandra; Kölbl, Angelika; Albert, Gabriele; Kögel-Knabner, Ingrid (2010). Analysis of hydrolysable neutral sugars in mineral soils: Improvement of alditol acetylation for gas chromatographic separation and measurement. Organic Geochemistry, 41(6), pp. 580-585. Pergamon Press. 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2010.02.009

Spielvogel, Sandra; Prietzel, Jörg; Kogel-Knabner, Ingrid (2010). Lignin phenols and cutin- and suberin-derived aliphatic monomers as biomarkers for stand history, SOM source, and turnover.Geochimica et cosmochimica acta, 74(12), A983-A983. Oxford: Elsevier Science.


Spielvogel, Sandra; Prietzel, Jörg; Auerswald, Karl; Kögel-Knabner, Ingrid (2009). Site-specific spatial patterns of soil organic carbon stocks in different landscape units of a high-elevation forest including a site with forest dieback. Geoderma, 152(3-4), pp. 218-230. Elsevier Science. 10.1016/j.geoderma.2009.03.009


Spielvogel, Sandra; Prietzel, J.; Koegel-Knabner, I. (2008). Soil organic matter stabilization in acidic forest soils is preferential and soil type-specific. European Journal of Soil Science, 59(4), pp. 674-692. Blackwell Science. 10.1111/j.1365-2389.2008.01030.x


Spielvogel, Sandra; Prietzel, Jörg; Kögel-Knabner, Ingrid (2007). Changes of lignin phenols and neutral sugars in different soil types of a high-elevation forest ecosystem 25 years after forest dieback. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 39(2), pp. 655-668. Elsevier. 10.1016/j.soilbio.2006.09.018


Spielvogel, Sandra; Prietzel, Jörg; Kögel-Knabner, Ingrid (2006). Soil Organic Matter Changes in a Spruce Ecosystem 25 Years after Disturbance. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 70(6), pp. 2130-2145. Soil Science Society of America. 10.2136/sssaj2005.0027


Spielvogel, Sandra; Knicker, Heike; Kögel-Knabner, Ingrid (2004). Soil organic matter composition and soil lightness. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 167(5), pp. 545-555. Wiley-VCH. 10.1002/jpln.200421424